Photo by Ashkan Royayee

“BACK IN THE day, I honestly didn’t care for boleros,” says Houston mezzo soprano Cecilia Duarte of what is one of the most dramatic and lyrically poetic genres of Latin American music.

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Alissa Firsova (photo by Serban Mestcaneanu)

THIS WEEKEND, EXPERIENCE the “astrological persona” of each planet in our tiny solar system when the Houston Symphony presents Gustav Holst’s popular orchestral suite The Planets, with the Women of the Houston Symphony Chorus providing spectral vocals for the suite’s final movement, “Neptune, the Mystic."

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Orlando Consort

MUSIC AND THE visual and plastic arts have always enjoyed a symbiotic relationship. During the Renaissance era, Western music transformed from the single-line monophony of plainchant (in which two or more singers sing the same thing) to polyphony, which allowed multiple voices to move independently of each other like a school of fish or a flock of birds. This transition is the inspiration for Listening to Pictures: Art and Music in the Early Renaissance, an immersive, multimedia concert presented by Houston Early Music and featuring the four-man a cappella ensemble the Orlando Consort. Listening to Pictures takes place Nov. 10 at MATCH.
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